When patients get their wisdom teeth extracted, they should follow these steps to avoid this painful condition.
Dry socket may sound bad, but it feels much worse.
One of the most predictable and safe procedures in oral surgery is to have your wisdom teeth removed. But while the overall outcome is predictable, sometimes patients can still suffer an unexpected complication. One complication is known by many people as dry socket. This condition can lead to a really bad infection and chronic pain, which will slow the patient’s healing. We have a method that, if followed correctly, will prevent dry socket from happening.
A patient is at risk to develop dry socket soon after the wisdom tooth removal procedure. After the procedure, a blood clot forms in the empty tooth socket, and the space (along with nerves and the jaw bone) is protected by this blood clot. Rarely, that protective blood clot dissolves or dislodges, but if the empty socket is exposed, this allows for bacteria to invade the surgical site. If that occurs, you will develop an infection and experience discomfort. The infected area will need to be cleaned, and it may also be necessary to apply a healing ointment or prescribe antibiotics.
Please know that dry socket happens to about 1 in 20 patients at most. But you really don’t want to be one of them! We want to stress you follow of our recommendations before and after surgery so you can make sure this condition doesn’t happen to you.
- Please notify us of the medication you are presently taking.
- Depending on your condition and present oral health, we may recommend you take oral antibiotics.
- An antibacterial mouthwash may be necessary as well, but you will be notified prior to the procedure.
- To keep your mouth clean, stick to light brushing. Do not use mouthwash or a rinse unless we say it is ok to do so.
- Do not use a straw until healing is complete. Try using a spoon for liquid if need be.
- Please set aside time to rest the day after surgery. Avoid strenuous exercise for a week, as well.
- We may recommend you rinse with warm salt water every two hours and following meals.
- Drink lots of water! Staying hydrated will help you heal. We ask that you avoid any caffeine, carbonated drinks, alcohol and hot beverages.
- Soft foods are recommended until healing is complete.
- Do not smoke or use any other tobacco while you heal.
If you are looking for a qualified and skilled trained oral surgeon to remove your wisdom teeth, we are happy to schedule a consultation appointment and answer your questions. Call us at (713) 790-6477 today!